How to Use Dollar Tree Solar Lights to Make Cute Fall Decor

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1 Hour

Head to Dollar Tree and grab a vase, pail, and solar light for this beautiful fall decor idea. I'm going to show you how to make a solar lantern for your front porch. Let's get started!

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

Tools and materials:

  • Vase
  • Frosted glass spray paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pail
  • Ribbon
  • Faux leaves and berries
  • Scissors
  • White rocks
  • Solar light
Vase from Dollar Tree

1. Paint the vase

We're gonna start this project with a vase from Dollar Tree. Choose one with a beautiful shape.  

Covering the vase with frosted glass spray paint

Next, we’re going to cover this entire thing with this frosted glass spray paint.  

Gluing the vase to the pail

2. Glue the vase to the pail

Once the vase is dry, we are going to be using a pail from Dollar Tree and we are going to be hot gluing the vase on top.  

Sticking the vase to the pail

Using hot glue, cover the vase bottom and then stick it to the bottom of the pail.  

Gluing ribbon to the vase

3. Add ribbon

Now we're going to cover the seam with some ribbon. Start by adding lots of hot glue to the pail near the vase bottom.  

Securing the ribbon to the pail

Then slowly secure the ribbon to the pail and also the vase; kind of covering the seam where they both connect, where we glued them together. 

Decorating the lantern with leaves and berries

4. Decorate with leaves and berries

Next, add some fall leaves and berries to the front where the ribbon will be tied in a bow.  

Cutting the ends of the ribbon

Once you are happy with everything, use your scissors to cut the ends of the tails of the ribbon to make it look really finished and pretty.  

Filling the vase with rocks

5. Fill the vase with rocks

To fill the vase, use white rocks and pour the entire back into it.  

Separating the solar light

6. Add the solar light

Grab a solar light from Dollar Tree and separate the top from the bottom.  

Inserting the solar light

Take the solar light top and push it down into the rocks in the vase so that it stays in place.  

DIY fall lantern

DIY fall lantern

Here's the finished product out on my screen and porch. I'm really happy with how it turned out. Make sure to give the solar light about 8 hours to charge and there you have it.

It's a beautiful, cute decorative solar lantern that is going to stay out on my screen and porch now for fall. What do you think of this DIY? Let me know in the comments below.

DIY fall ideas

For more creative autumnal decor projects, discover Hometalk's best dollar store fall ideas here and Hometalk's best fall lantern ideas here.

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  • Georgia Hall Georgia Hall on Aug 14, 2023

    I think you meant to say screened-in porch.

  • Vicki Vicki on Aug 14, 2023

    With the solar light inside the frosted glass, does it take longer than 8 hrs to charge it?

  • Vicki Vicki on Oct 21, 2023

    Did the bucket one with the cover over the edge? It looks a little like rope/twine?

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